August 31, 2011

Peach Sorbet

Mmmm... Those fresh peaches in the supermarket look so good, don't they? I was inspired to make them into a simple and refreshing sorbet! Accented with a hint of mint and a pinch of ginger, it tastes a little more complex than just peach- it's delicious! It is also dairy-free, so if you or your family members have dairy allergies, this is a treat you can all eat!

Peach Sorbet

3 cups puree from fresh, peeled peaches (either 4 HUGE peaches or 6-8 regular sized peaches)

2 cups water

1 cup sugar

10 mint leaves

1/2 tsp. ground ginger

Do you have an ice cream maker? They are very cool- you can use them for sorbet, too! Make sure you have one of the bowls frozen and ready before you make this. In a small pot on the stove, combine the water, sugar and mint leaves and heat over medium-low heat. While that's happening and causing the sugar to dissolve nicely, peel and puree your beautiful peaches in the blender. I'd use a blender as opposed to a food processor because my food processor tends to leak when it's very liquid. Are your peaches firm and not yet ripe? Did you know that leaving peaches out of the refrigerator will cause them to ripen faster? In even more of a hurry? Place them in a paper bag. When I buy peaches, I buy them firm, and then when I know I want to use them, I leave them on the kitchen counter about 2-3 days before I want them to be ripe. So, we've got out wonderful peach puree now, set that aside, go back to the stove and stir the water, sugar and mint. You don't need this to boil, just heat until the sugar is dissolved and then turn off the burner and let it sit for about 20-30 minutes. This will just help the mint flavor get into the sugar syrup. After 20-30 minutes, combine with the peach puree and the ginger, removing the mint leaves, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.

After about 30 minutes, you can go ahead and put the mixture in the ice cream maker, run for about 30 minutes, or until it looks the right consistency to you. Then, scrape into containers with lids and freeze! Ta-da! Not only do you have a fun, refreshing dessert, but, you can obviously make this ahead of when you plan to eat it!

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